I recently rewatched Ore Imo and thought I’d better get something off my chest: I really like Ore Imo, you could even say that I love it! But don’t mistake me; I don’t think Ore Imo (appreciably short for Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai or There’s no Way my Little Sister… Read More In Defence of Ore Imo
If you’ve seen Koutetsu no Kabaneri I think it’s safe to assume you noticed that a few times every episode, a particular shot would rear its head as particularly beautiful and well-drawn. I know a lot of people, myself included, found the effect a little jarring – in addition to blowing me away with those… Read More Kabaneri’s ‘Make-Up Animation’
Storyboard & Director: 沼田誠也 (Seiya Numata) Animation Director: 坂井久太 (Kyuuta Sakai) Animation: 沼田誠也 (Seiya Numata), 坂井久太 (Kyuuta Sakai) It was late at night after a long week. Lying on the couch with my partner powering through a few episodes of anime, my eyes were starting to close on their own as sleep overcame me. It was at this point… Read More Episode Spotlight: Needless 13
Director: 立川譲 (Toshiyuki Takei) Storyboard: 立川譲 重原克也 (Yuzuru Tachikawa Katsuya Shigehara ) Animation Director: 亀田祥倫 (Yoshimichi Kameda) Yoshimichi Kameda is undoubtedly the pedestal animation force behind this series. Although he was responsible for the character design, he did not take up the credit of chief animation director that usually accompanies this. Generally the chief animation director is the… Read More Episode Spotlight: Mob Psycho 100 #8
In simple terms, what you see when watching an anime is the culmination of two different visual elements – the animation, which is the things that move, and the art, which is the static backdrop. After the director approves the layout for a cut, which is like the rough blueprint of how each shot will… Read More Art Direction: Illya vs Orange
Staff: Director & Storyboard: 立川譲 (Yuzuru Tachikawa) [Series Director] Writer: 瀬古浩司 (Hiroshi Seko) [Series Composition] Animation Director: 亀田祥倫 (Yoshimichi Kameda) [Series Chief Animation Director] If you have an appreciation of animation, Mob Psycho will grab your attention and mercilessly pound it into absolute submission. I’m still in intensive care, but they’re letting me write this post under… Read More Episode Spotlight: Mob Pycho 100 #1
Mitsuo Iso is my favourite animator – that’s an unequivocal fact. Regrettably, it hasn’t been a good decade to be a fan of Iso. Since his work as director on the commercially unsuccessful Denno Coil, he has been an elusive, enigmatic figure, making only scant appearances uncredited here and there. Recently though, we’ve had good news… Read More The Magic of Mitsuo Iso
Birds are singing, flowers are blossoming, and we’re all hibernating indoors watching Japanese cartoons – that’s right, spring season is upon us! My dormant passion for anime has been stirred again, and I’m in the mood to put thoughts into words and words into the unheeded abyss that is my blog! So please enjoy my… Read More Spring Season 2014
Timeline of events that led to this post: Friday: me (said to a mate over dinner): “I feel like watching some shitty anime tomorrow!” Saturday: I watched all three episodes of Robot Girls Z There you have it. I’m not sure if anyone else gets in these same moods as me, but every so often… Read More Robot Girls Z – Mazingers in Skirts
A friend of mine found this amazing Saki MAD. It was too good not to share, especially if you’re a mahjong fan like me. It combines the mahjong play of Saki with the addictive beats of the tap-dancing finale song of Zatoichi to fun and compelling effect!
How do I stop watching?